TAMESIDE residents who don’t have a central heating system in their home are being offered an opportunity to get one for free in good time for winter.
The limited offer is part of Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund which will install fully funded ‘first-time’ central heating systems to 500 homes across Greater Manchester on a first come first served basis.
It aims to provide a helping hand to vulnerable households that do not currently have a central heating system and who, during the colder months, are struggling to stay warm. It is open to owner occupiers and to private tenants (with their landlord’s permission) who meet certain eligibility criteria based on income, health or other personal circumstances. The scheme is set to run throughout 2018-19 but will close to new applications once all the funds have been allocated so qualifying households are encouraged to apply without delay.
The £1.8 million funding for the scheme has been secured by GMCA and the local authorities from the nationwide Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.
The first step in the process for Tameside households is to get in touch with LEAP on 0800 060 7567 to check their eligibility. For more information see www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/warmhomesfund
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for energy, said: “It’s estimated that over 7000 homes in Tameside don’t have central heating and instead rely on expensive storage heaters and room heaters which may provide inadequate warmth and many can’t afford to run properly. It’s not right that in this day and age people are getting into debt or falling ill because they are too poor to heat their homes properly.
“This initiative is a great example of public and private sector agencies coming together to make a real difference to people’s lives. If you know anyone that would benefit, or anyone that works with households in fuel poverty, please let them know.”
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